Fired Up About Syracuse

Syracuse is trying to find a big man to plug the middle of their defensive line out in Detroit, Mich., in Eric Crume and right now he can't wait to get on campus and get a feel for what the program has to offer him after the impression the coaching staff has made.

Eric Crume, a 6-foot-1, 315-pound defensive tackle from Central High School in Detroit, Mich., picked up a Syracuse offer a little over a week ago and Coach Tyrone Wheatley has done an excellent job of building a relationship with him so far. Crume wants to visit the campus as soon as he can and even admits that if he likes it a lot, he could commit while on his visit.

"I got an offer from Syracuse and was supposed to come up last week for a visit, but unfortunately I couldn't make it, so I'm going to come up another time this summer to check it out because I'm really interested in the school," Crume stated. "I've very close with Coach Tyrone Wheatley and also hear from the defensive line coach and some of the other coaches who have been sending me letters to see how I've been doing."

"My relationship with Coach Wheatley is great and I've been talking to him at least once a week lately," Crume added. "We talk about the school, how I'm doing, he tells me it's a great place to play and just makes sure my grades are good. He's honest with me and he just gives me the facts and tells me that Syracuse would be a place where I would have a great opportunity to play and received a really good education."

"I know Syracuse has great tradition with guys like Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison and a ton of other guys and I've been looking through all of the amazing players that have put on that uniform the past couple of weeks," Crume explained. "At this point I'm just excited to get up at Syracuse and see it for myself because if I get up there and like what I see there might be another Orangeman by the time I leave."

As a junior, he had 72 tackles, 14 sacks, nine forced fumbles and an interception. He made All-PSL as a sophomore and junior.

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